Sun Belt Conference Softball Review – Week 4
The fourth weekend of Sun Belt Conference softball is in the books, and one undefeated team remains.
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns concluded their 6-game road trip on a high note, sweeping the Georgia Southern Eagles in Statesboro, Georgia.
The Cajuns won the opening game of the series, 15-0, before taking the second game, 10-2, prior to completing the sweep, with a 6-2 win in the final game.
Louisiana, who has now won 32-consecutive Sun Belt Conference series’, hasn’t lost two games in a weekend in conference play since 2013, against South Alabama.
The Cajuns were impressive at the plate, scoring 31 runs and crushing 6 homers, while Alex Stewart recorded two wins in the circle.
Louisiana is starting to peak at the right time.
As for Georgia Southern, they’ll be fine. They have three players at the top of the order that can swing it, and Dixie Raley is a capable arm.
The Eagles just ran into a buzz saw over the weekend.
Georgia St. continued their impressive play, winning 2-of-3 from Texas St. in San Marcos. Georgia St. won the first game (5-3), dropped the second game (7-5), and then won the rubber game (4-0).
The Panthers, who have a good line-up, scored 14 runs in three games against an outstanding Bobcats pitching staff.
Georgia St. still has to travel to Lafayette, but they've already gone 5-1 against two teams that most consider two of the stronger teams in the league, in South Alabama and Texas St.
That's a tough series to lose at home for Texas St. Now, like Georgia St., the Bobcats are three games behind Louisiana in the loss column, and may have to sweep Louisiana on Easter weekend, something that is unlikely, if they want to capture the regular season crown.
South Alabama swept a three-game series from Appalachian St., winning by scores of 4-0, 5-3, and 5-3.
That puts the Jaguars at 6-7 in league play, with a few more weekends to make-up ground on the upper division.
Appalachian St. is still winless, at 0-9, and their chances of qualifying for the postseason tournament look more slim every week.
UTA took 2-of-3 games from Troy, winning the first game, 4-3, and the last game, 5-2, while dropping the middle game, 9-0.
That was a big road series win for UTA, who got two wins from Sam Clakley, who only allowed 2 earned runs in her two starts.
The bad luck for Troy continues, as the Trojans have now lost 8 league games, 6 of them by one run.
To make matters even worse, Troy has to travel to face Louisiana this weekend.
Coastal Carolina continues their fine season, winning 2-of-3 from ULM over the weekend.
The Chanticleers won games one (3-1) and three (6-4), while dropping the middle game (6-3).
That was a nice series win for Coastal Carolina, as they won a set from a very underrated ULM squad.
After two weekends of conference play, Louisiana leads the way, at 9-0, followed by Georgia St. (9-3), Texas St. (8-3), Coastal Carolina (6-5), South Alabama (6-7), Georgia Southern (5-7), ULM (5-7), UTA (5-7), Troy (4-9), and Appalachian St. (0-9).